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Wombat stew. Integrated program

Inspired by the picture book Wombat Stew, lessons involve children in going on a Wombat walk to collect rubbish, investigating animal habitats, creating an Australian animals alphabet frieze, creating animal number stories, exploring vocabulary, making Wombat soup, discussing safe and unsafe situations, developing a news ...

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Wombat stew: word work. English

Using vocabulary from Wombat Stew and Possum and Wattle: My Big Book of Australian Words, lessons involve children in classifying long and short words, counting syllables in words, blending and segmenting cvc words beginning with /k/ and /w/, learning strategies for reading and spelling words and creating tongue twisters.

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On the farm - unit of work

In this unit of work, students explore the characteristics of farm animals so they can begin to write descriptive text. This unit is particularly aimed at ESL (NESB) students and those who have limited experience of the world beyond their immediate lives. Students have regular opportunities to listen to and use correct ...

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Using 'Letter planet' - Teacher idea

This Teacher idea provides video footage of students using an interactive digital resource L7855 'Letter planet: sh, ch, th' to develop their language skills. It describes and provides access to the digital resource used in the classroom, along with other relevant resources.

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A song about kangaroos

This is a song about an Australian animal, the kangaroo. Don Spencer sings lyrics about how people from all over the world come to see the kangaroo. Listen to the rhythm. It is like the hopping of a kangaroo.

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Different meanings for the same word

<span style="line-height: 1.4;">You've heard people speaking English with different accents, but have you noticed that the differences in accent come down to the way words are pronounced? Listen to this interview with linguist David Crystal and find out about accents and why the same word can mean something different or ...

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Can you guess the mystery sound?

Join Harry Spellbound as he tries to win a prize on a game show called The Mystery Sound. Can Harry use the three word clues to guess the mystery sound? Can you?

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Made in Australia

Ian the magician tries a trick with three pieces of silk. What will he make in his magic tube? Watch him carefully in case he makes a mistake.

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So O! It's cool for OK

It's time for the letter O.<br /><br />Groove along with this soul clip from Sesame Street. See how many O words you can name.

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Nnnn! Noodles sound nice

The letter N is at the start of some very neat words. Watch and listen as the two characters in this clip from Sesame Street make plans to nibble some noodles.

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It's hip to add to an H

What letters can you add to the letter H to make new words? Listen as a very hip soul singer from Sesame Street makes some very happening H words.

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Alphaboy's big adventure

Join Alphaboy as he boards his blue bicycle in search of words beginning with B.

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The letter A is where it's at

Do you know the letter A? Can you think of words that start with A? Listen to this very soulful song from Sesame Street and see how many A words you can find.

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The right shop for spelling

Imagine a shop where you can only buy words and letters. Join the latest customer in the word shop as he browses 'ight' words and 'and' words. The shopkeeper has a storybook and a film to help you understand how letters work together to build words.

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I may only be a fish and chip shop lady

Pauline Hanson is one of Australia's most controversial politicians. In a short time she gained a significant following before public opinion turned against her. In this clip, listen to excerpts from her first (maiden) speech to Parliament in 1996 and discover how this fiery politician attracted such attention.

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A song about goannas

Goannas are a type of Australian lizards. Listen to the lyrics of the song performed by Don Spencer that asks lots of fun questions about goannas. Watch some goannas moving through the bush and looking for food.

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Efficient speech: the process of language change

Wassup, bro?Well 'pparently I ain't speakin' right.Will thou ha' the truth on't?We often think that only young people speak in abbreviated forms, but the truth is people have been doing this since Anglo-Saxon times! In this clip discover with Professor Kate Burridge some words that belong to the 'zero plurals' group, why ...

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Evolving English: the role of social media

How many times have you heard teenagers berated for using the term 'like'? Yet this term has existed at least since 1586 when the term, 'Yon man is like out of his mind' was written into history. The truth is, our language is constantly evolving, with new words added, others dying off and some resurfacing again. In this ...

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Wrestling the amazing silent letters

Mr Wren teaches wrestling, using lots of 'w' words. You might notice something amazing about the words Mr Wren writes on his board. They all begin with the letter 'w' but when Mr Wren reads them, you will hear a different sound. Find out what's going on at Wren's Wrestling School.

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I speak, you guess

Listen to the voices of a small selection of students from around Australia to see if you can guess where they live. Is place the most important thing that shapes their language, or are there other factors that influence how people speak?